Hesston Elementary families, students, and staff,
With the first two months of school behind us, and the first quarter successfully complete, it is evident that students and teachers have spent a great deal of time establishing classroom procedures and routines. As I walk through the hallways and classrooms, I am impressed by the level of student engagement and the instruction taking place at Hesston Elementary.
In addition to our hard working teachers and students, we want to thank the dads and father figures who have volunteered for the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of GREAT Students) program. We appreciate these volunteers giving their time to support activities in the classroom and interact with students during lunch and recess. Come check out the Watch D.O.G.S. Wall of Fame outside the library, which highlights our students and their dad or father figure who are proud to have them spend some time at our school. If you are interested in volunteering, please see the Elementary School’s website for the electronic sign up. Thanks again Watch D.O.G.S., you make a difference at HES!
I have a few reminders to help make our school safe for all students. The alley to the west of the school is reserved for buses only throughout the school day. It is not to be used as a drop off or pick up point for students. Also, if your child has to cross Amos Street to get to the front of the school, an adult must assist them across the street. Student safety is a priority, so please follow these procedures in order to help keep everyone safe.
8:00 is the official start time of the school day. Please be aware, students need to be in their classrooms by the 8:00 bell. If they arrive in the classroom after 8:00, they will be marked as tardy. Thanks for helping your child get off to a positive start each day.
Celebrating Red Ribbon Week in the month of October is an annual tradition at HES. This year students and staff focused on the theme “Spotlight on Making Health Choices.” Students were reminded of the importance of making healthy choices in all aspects of life. A Red Ribbon obstacle course challenged students during P.E. class. The week concluded with a balloon lift off containing a drug free pledge signed by each student. The police officers from the Hesston Police Department also shared cookies and punch with students, while encouraging all to make healthy choices.
It was wonderful to see so many parents attending Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 14 and 16. Having the opportunity to meet with your child’s classroom teacher and hear firsthand how they are progressing academically makes a huge difference in their success in the classroom.
Thank you for your support in making sure reading minutes are complete and math facts are practiced. It takes a strong home/school connection to make great gains in the classroom. We could not do it without your support!
Thank you for the privilege to work with your child every day. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or your child’s teacher.
Alisa Krehbiel, HES Principal